Former Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was always a fascinating case of new-school player-evaluation methods disagreeing with the well-worn traits that baseball has valued for generations. His free agency showed how stark that was, both locally and nationally.
Mike Mussina, the right-handed pitcher who anchored the Orioles rotation in the 1990s and remains the last homegrown ace the franchise developed, will join Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay and Edgar Martínez in the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019.
Mike Mussina, who will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July, won 18 games in his first full major league season in 1992 and veteran starter Rick Sutcliffe could see back then that this day would come.
What's proved to be a year of seismic changes for the Orioles on and off the field still packed in plenty of actual baseball over the required 162 games, even if it might have been nice for them to mercifully end by about halfway through.
The Orioles have several pitching prospects who, like Astros Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel, have to overcome the soft-tossing lefty stigma to succeed in the majors. What does Keuchel have to say about that progression that they can learn?
Just a handful of Astros who won last year's World Series were with the team when their rebuild began, a signal to the Orioles and their fans that they might not see the current players around when the winning returns.
In the second half of July, the Orioles jettisoned All-Star shortstop Manny Machado, closer Zach Britton, reliever Brad Brach, starter Kevin Gausman, eighth inning set-up man Darren O'Day and second baseman Jonathan Schoop. A look at what sports writers coast to coast had to say on the matter.
A returning Colby Rasmus almost helped the Orioles string together a second straight win in Washington, but instead, the same old result came when Mychal Givens allowed a two-run double in the eighth inning to rookie Juan Soto.
If Manny Machado is traded or sold elsewhere (especially — perish the thought! — to an American League rival) many diehard Baltimore Orioles fans will seriously consider swearing off the hometown team for good.